“The Royal Game of Bezique,” by Camden — Part X: A brief comparison of the Sixth Edition and the Forty-Sixth Edition . . .

Note:  I have streamlined the titling of this series of posts.

Some may wonder about the ways in which the contents differ in various editions of The Royal Game of Bezique, by Camden.  I selected two editions, a very early one, and a very late one, for a comparison.  The differences I enumerate below should give some idea of the types of changes that the work underwent from the Twelfth Edition to the Forty-Sixth.

The two editions are as follows:

1.  Twelfth Edition, 1872 (in Roman numerals on the title page).

2.  Forty-Sixth Edition, 1919 (according to notation on title page:  “5,000-5-19.”)

Differences noted:

a.  The inside front covers are completely different.  The Twelfth Edition has a note on the game, and (mostly) advertisements for Bezique sets offered by Goodall.  The Forty-Sixth Edition advertises various Goodall booklets.

b.  The title pages are similar, especially as to the title and author.  The Twelfth Edition has a “Patronized by . . .” note.  There are also other differences, for example regarding edition number, publisher name, place, and date.  The Twelfth Edition has a black border.  The Forty-Sixth Edition has a red border.

c.  Actually, the Twelfth Edition is black and white throughout.  The Forty-Sixth Edition is red and black throughout.

d.  The note on the verso of the title page refers to “twelfth edition” on one, and “Forty-sixth edition” on the other.

e.  I quickly compared the entire body text of one to the other.  I did this less carefully as I got further into the work.  I did notice that the Forty-Sixth Edition deleted a comma, changed an “its” to “the,” and changed Declaration” to “declaration.”  In view of the quickness of the comparison, it seems likely that there were other changes as well, but probably any other changes were quite small.

f.  The text of the Forty-Sixth edition is in an entirely different setting of type from that of the Twelfth Edition.  Still, the final page of text in both is page 11.

g.  The Twelfth Edition contains one page of advertising (on the verso of page 11).  It also bears advertising on the inside back-cover.

h.  The Forty-Sixth Edition has five pages of advertisements immediately following page 11, with advertising also on the inside back cover.  Not surprisingly, the advertisements of 1919 have little or no relationship to the advertisements of 1872.

—Tom Sawyer

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

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